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cementing his position as successor to president hu jintao. he visited the u.s. in early 2012 to promote relations. his counterpart, vice president joe biden, was with him for much of the five-day visit. >> xi showed that on some issues the two governments will not necessarily see eye to eye. >> reporter: xi will likely be joined at the top by the man widely expected to become china's next premier. >> lee became a member of the politburo standing committee in 2007. he skipped the stage of politburo member during the communist party convention along with xi jinping. lee became vice premier in 2008. lee is 57 years old. he hails from a province and is currently in charge of domestic policy. >> li studied law at the prestigious beijing university, where he went on to get a ph.d. in economics. hiss classmate told us li also dedicated himself to studying english. he said the man who will become china's premier show nod sign he would become a politician. >> i think every single day he had a lot of tickets in his pocket. in one side, he write english, another side, chinese together. start out l
's second largest economy behind the u.s. the chinese government with its growing military started to flex its muscles in the region. it wrangled with asian nations over control of islands in the south china sea and east china sea. >> and joining us now is michitaka. michitaka, you were with me in the great hall of the people when president hu was giving his final speech as communist party general secretary. what do you make of his words? >> the most notable part of the speech was when president hu spoke about the concept he's long supported. he was to make scientific outlook on development one of the communist party's guiding principles. it calls for review of the party's growth and economic policy and aims to incorporate sustainable development, which takes into account social welfare and the environment, making this concept a guiding principle would be part of hu's legacy. it would give him the same status as leaders past including dung zhao ming and deng xiaoping. and it will help him maintain influence within the party after he steps down. hu also advocates during his speech that chin
recognition of a palestinian state today, despite strong u.s. and israeli opposition. >> in europe is also divided on the move. a majority of the 27-nation european union including france and spain, is expected to back the palestinians. germany, on the other hand, said it would abstain, and britain is expected to do so as well. >> hundreds of palestinian flags flying in support of statehood. people await the outcome of the united nations vote with bated breath. many have been waiting for this for a long time. recognition of a palestinian state by the united nations. >> today is a very important day for the palestinian people. we are excited. we are happy. we think the international community will not be disappointed at this time. i hope. >> palestinians are pushing to have their united nations status of credit to that of a so- called non member observer state, which does not include voting rights but brings with it the symbolic recognition of statehood. it would also mean the possibility of access to the international criminal court in the hague, but israel says the proposed resolution doe
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm yoko nishimura in tokyo with the news at this hour. >>> u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger mitt romney have begun their final round of campaigning in key battleground states. romney is using a new strategy in these states to win over voters ahead of tuesday's election. the latest poll by abc news and "washington post" suggest obama and romney both have support rates of 48%. romney is focusing on wisconsin, one of swing states where obama is said to have a lead. >> the contacts made in wisconsin over the last months have just blown everybody away. i want to thank you for the work you're doing. let's get out. let's get this victory. >> romney is likely to still have a chance of winning if he takes wisconsin even if he loses another key state, ohio. the republican challenger is also running more tv ads in pennsylvania, michigan and minnesota. obama is expected to win more votes from the electoral college made up of electors allocated to each state. >> if you're willing to work with me and knock on doors with me and make som
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